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FWR Monthly: September 2015

Meditation frequently asks its practitioners to ground themselves in their bodies through a series of structured "noticings." You are gently urged to press yourself into your chair, press your feet into the floor...

Meditation frequently asks its practitioners to ground themselves in their bodies through a series of structured “noticings.” You are gently urged to press yourself into your chair, press your feet into the floor, press your fingertips together, press your lungs out into their little cage of ribs.

It is easiest, it turns out, to notice your body when it meets with a measure of resistance. The floor is a fact your feet cannot change. To live in a body, we are told and retold, is to forget about this all the time.

When I solicited poems for this issue, I asked for work that “enacts or inscribes the feminine in fresh, unusual, or surprising ways.” Noting that gender is both inscribed upon the body and enacted by the body, I wanted to see how gender could visit the text, or the site of inscription. It is, in fact, near-impossible for many of us to forget about our bodies. This is not a failure to live within them, but a ricochet from resistance to resistance, reminder to reminder – “You do not inhabit this body. To the world’s eyes you are this body. Here is what that means.”

I’m delighted by the poems in this issue, in no small way because they make the original phrasing of my solicitation seem deeply small and beside the point. They embrace the mystic and the vulgar. They are funny, heartbroken, and kind. They dig deep for inner voice and reassemble the voices around them in a gorgeous echolalia. With plums. And hoofprints. And Kim Kardashian. I hope you like them.

 

Kate DeBolt

Assistant Poetry Editor

 

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DRAG NOTES – FROM A CONVERSATION WITH KINGA
by Justin Engles

 

TWO POEMS
by Danielle Mitchell

 

THREE POEMS
by Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick

 

PRAYER TO ST. MARTHA
by Leah Silvieus

 

 

Artwork by Lexi Braun

 

 

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